We’re crafting our way through the alphabet!
What a fun way to celebrate National Craft Month!
I’m excited to be kicking off the Craft Month A to Z event, organized by Stephanie from Crafting in the Rain, with the letter A.
As in argyle, a pattern normally seen on sweaters and socks.
But I wanted to give argyle a fresh twist for spring.
I am kinda in love with how this inexpensive straw tote ($3 in the Target Dollar Spot) turned out. I think it’s going to be my go-to bag for spring.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
Straw tote bag
DecoArt Americana paint in Sweet Mint
DecoArt Americana paint in Blue Haven
DecoArt Americana Multi-Surface Paint in Lavender Fields
DecoArt Americana Multi-Surface Paint in Peach Silk
1.5 inch square cardstock
Mark-B-Gone marking pen
Needle and white embroidery thread
Crocheted lace trim or ribbon in a coordinating color
No-sew fabric fusion tape
An argyle pattern features a series of overlapping diamonds.
I used a 1.5-inch square of card stock to mark off the pattern on my tote bag. Be sure to start with the center diamond first, them work your way out to the sides.
I used a disappearing fabric marker to trace around the paper template.
Fill in each diamond with two coats of craft paint. I decided to paint my center diamond mint green. I repeated colors on either side of the center diamond to create my argyle pattern, as you can see in the photo below.
My color scheme was purple, blue, peach, green, peach, blue, purple.
Once the paint dried, I used embroidery thread to stitch overlapping diamonds to complete the argyle pattern.
My stitch lines aren’t perfectly straight or square because math isn’t my strong suit. But I still think my spring tote bag is pretty adorable, especially when accessorized with a coordinating scarf and some fun charms.
I used fabric fusion tape to add some decorative crochet lace trim to the top of the bag. You could use ribbon, as well.
As much as I love winter weather daydreaming, I’m definitely ready for spring. I can’t wait to wear this tote bag with my favorite flip-flops when we go to Florida for spring break.
Be sure to visit these other blogs to see their Craft Month A-Z creations.
A is for Argyle Spring Tote by AttaGirl Says
B is for Simple Spring Banner by The Happy Scraps
C is for Can Windsock for St. Patrick’s Day by Sowdering About
D is for Debonair Dog Coasters by Blue i Style
E is for Arrow Embroidery Hoop by Occasionally Crafty
F is for Fluffy Felt Forest by Albion Gould
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[…] Alrighty, on with the features and party! Welcome to Week 131 of: Make it Pretty Monday My Favorite Pretty LuAnn has been fluffing her nest getting ready for Spring. I really love all of her Easter finds for her table; and of course all of the crisp white. LuAnn and her pretties can be found at Lovely Livings. Make it Pretty Monday Craft Queen Pretty Amy shares a great tutorial for creating you own Painted Argyle Tote. Such fresh springy colors. To check it out, meander on over to Atta Girl Says. […]
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